International Journal of Home Science
2016, VOL. 2 ISSUE 3, PART A
Occupational stress in IT professionals and coping strategies
Author(s): Stuti Gupta
In the modern era of digitalization, Information technology has become the integral part of each and everyone’s life. With the necessity of e-governance and e-banking, a boom in IT industry has been observed in last two decades. Campaigns like Digital-India and Start-Up India are acting as a catalyst in the growth of IT industry especially in India. As a result, IT organizations of public as well as private sectors are growing at an exponential rate and a tough competition for success and survival is being observed in all the interconnected business sectors i.e. Information & communication technology, banking, software & hardware industries etc., not only in India but across the world.rnThe prime objective of any industry or organization is to gain maximum profit from the available resources. Employees (Human Resources) are the most valuable asset for any organization and the success of the organization depends mainly on the skill, performance and productivity of their employees. Therefore in IT industries, productivity improvement programs are mostly focused at the worker level. For millions of IT professionals in the new "electronic world," one of the most serious health hazards currently faced is stress. Studies on workplace stress has shown that IT professional have higher levels of stress than any other group of workers, because of the nature of work involved. The high stress aspects of IT jobs have been linked to various musculoskeletal problems, heart and other diseases as well. Although office work has always been stressful, several scientific studies and surveys have helped focus attention on the issue of occupational stress in IT professionals. IT revolution has given the modern workplace an array of new options and improved efficiency. But far from having a calming effect on overworked employees, information technology has itself become a source of increasing physical and psychological stress. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) found that IT professionals experienced greater job stress than any other occupational group that NIOSH had ever studied.
How to cite this article:
Stuti Gupta. Occupational stress in IT professionals and coping strategies. Int J Home Sci 2016;2(3):29-32.